I am a 28-year-old married lady from Adelaide, South Australia. Now, forget all that stuff you have heard about “The City of Churches” (though we do have a few) and being the murder capital of Australia (though the whole “Snowtown” incident was slightly disconcerting). Adelaide is a beautiful town with lots of beautiful parks, gorgeous beaches and STUNNINGLY good wineries.
I have been married for a little over a year to my High School Sweetheart (awww!) and we have two beautiful puppy dog babies together.
Now, the creation of this site is, first and foremost, as a vehicle for my book reviews. What do I read? All kinds of things. Classical literature – Austin, the Bronte sisters, Shakespeare, I even managed The Iliad, Science Fiction, Action – can’t go past Wilbur Smith or Tom Clancy. Fantasy – Terry Pratchett is a comedy legend.
But my real guilty pleasure, my obsession, is Romance novels. That’s right – romance novels. Particularly Paranormal Romance. I love me a good (or bad) vampire. And not those sparkly vampires either – though I have read that series. I like my vampires more leather, denim and biker boots than old-fashioned manners and capes.
So, what, in my opinion, makes a good read? Firstly, I like some very developed characters. There has to be an intricate back story, even if it’s not laid out in the prose. It makes for a more believable person on the page. I want to be personally invested in the characters, long after the reading is done and the story is ended. And not just the protagonists. Some of my favorite characters have been support characters (who doesn’t love Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Simi?). I think this is why I prefer to read a series of books. I like to know what my favourite characters are up to!
Humor and dialogue also help keep me tied to the page. Deep and meaningful is lovely but I love a giggle. To much deep soul-searching can be debilitating to the pace of a story. Humor lifts a tale and can be wonderful character developement. My favourite examples of using this device are Sherrilyn Kenyon and JR Ward. Both of these FABULOUS writers use humor and witty dialogue to their advantage.
It often reminds me of my best friends (all men) and my husband and his brother.
I’m a staunch opponent of clichés. Unless very carefully used, I hate the “love-triangle” and the “love at first sight” story lines. Don’t get me wrong, when used wisely, these can make wonderful tales but used badly they make me want to stab a book until its confetti. It has to make SENSE – again, back story has saved some of my favourite books from possible disaster with these devices.
Another thing that can kill a book for me is if the protagonist in the wrong (the man who hurts his lady to protect himself, the lady who pushes her man away because she’s scared etc) is forgiven too easily. As a friend of mine once said “they have to beg”. There has to be some reason for their change in attitude and they have to “beg” or show they have truly changed to the other character before they are forgiven. Without this, it loses the realism in the story and can completely kill a book for me.
So there is a bit more about me and what I read.